Altec Lansing is an American audio electronics company founded in 1927. Their primary products are loudspeakers and associated audio electronics for professional, home, automotive and multimedia applications.
Engineers at Western Electric, who later formed Company, developed the technology for motion picture sound that was introduced in 1927 with the release of The Jazz Singer. Originally, Services Company serviced the theater sound systems the company founders had helped develop. In 1941 the Services Company purchased the nearly bankrupt Manufacturing Company and melded the two names, forming the Corporation, and with the manufacturing capabilities of the former Lansing Manufacturing Company, they quickly expanded into manufacturing horn loudspeakers.
In 1958 the Lansing Corporation was purchased by James Ling who made it part of LTV Ling Altec. LTV spun off Altec which it loaded down with debt first. By 1974, the company was saddled with debt. It was reorganized under Chapter 11 as Altec Corporation and continued for 10 years. Altec filed a second bankruptcy. In 1984, Gulton Industries purchased the brand out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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